President Donald Trump’s approval rating has gone up three points among male voters in the wake of the Stormy Daniels controversy.
Following allegations by the adult film star that she and Trump had an affair in 2006—shortly after his wife Melania gave birth to the couple’s son Barron—the president’s approval rating among men rose from 50 to 53 percent compared with last month, according to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll.
But female voters are not impressed. The poll, conducted from March 27-29 , showed that among women the president’s approval rating dropped from 41 percent to 35 percent, in what the poll’s co-director dubbed “the Stormy effect.”
“While President Trump’s overall ratings are stable, his support increased among men and dropped among women,” Penn told The Hill.
“This poll was taken right after the Stormy Daniels interview and so I think this increased gender polarization is the ‘Stormy Effect’,” he added.
While Trump has denied the allegations made by the adult film star, she was insisted the pair had an affair—sharing details of her story in a widely watched 60 Minutes interview the ratings of which topped those of the president’s own appearance.
Daniels has also filed a lawsuit to get out of a non-disclosure agreement she signed about the alleged affair, claiming that it is not valid because the document was not signed by Trump.
The adult star has also offered to give back $130,000 in “hush money” that she was paid by Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen as part of the non-disclosure agreement.
But Trump on Monday made moves to settle the case behind closed doors, with his lawyer Cohen filing a motion to move Daniels’ suit to closed arbitration, while her lawyer has opposed the move saying the case should be decided “in an open court of law owned by the people.”
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